Associate Director: Spanish Civil War Memory Project

As the Associate Director of the Spanish Civil War Memory Project, I am leveraging the archival work of UC San Diego Library Special Collections to create a critical archive that pairs richly annotated oral history interviews with original scholarship using Scalar and OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer).

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Organizer: Digital Humanities Research Institute @ A-State

DHRI@A-State is a three-day workshop held from 29-31 March 2019 at the Arkansas State University Faculty Center as part of a national network of Digital Humanities Research Institutes supported by the  Graduate Center Digital Initiatives at CUNY and the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the institute, participants will explore digital humanities research and pedagogy, develop computational skills through hands-on workshops, and begin designing their own digital humanities projects for research or teaching

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Co-Editor and Contributor: Special Issue on Digital Humanities, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 43, no.1 (2018).

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“Enforcing the Transition: The Demobilization of Collective Memory in Spain, 1979-1982,”  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 92, no. 6 (2015): 673-695.

Abstract:

This article analyzes the efforts of grassroots actors in Spain to counter the persistent institutional biases and state-sponsored messages of the Francoist dictatorship following the democratization of municipal governments in 1979. By following struggles over appropriate democratic symbols, narratives and behaviors, the article demonstrates, first, that collective memory was vibrant as grassroots actors brought attention to the living legacies of the dictatorship. Continuing their long struggle for democracy, they pressured political elites to go beyond the modest reforms negotiated at the Transition’s outset. Second, it explains how the social networks where collective memories were articulated were progressively demobilized as elites legitimized and enforced the democratic settlement reached. The article, as such, counters the widely held view that the decision not to confront the past during the Transition was the result of broad consensus.

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